[PATCH] ath:Release resources for structure pointer, ar if error pointing device in the function, ath10k_core_register_work

Michal Kazior michal.kazior at tieto.com
Mon Mar 2 22:40:17 PST 2015

On 3 March 2015 at 03:36, Nicholas Krause <xerofoify at gmail.com> wrote:
> Releases resources and deregisters the stucture pointer ar passed by the caller to the function, ath10k_core_register_work
> if unable to probe the structure pointer successfully with a call to ath10k_core_probe_fw. Further more if this happerns
> we must first jump to the label err for the goto statement required to jump to handle this particular error in the function,
> ath10k_core_register_work.  After we are in the correct error section we must free the resources for the structure pointer,ar
> with a call to the function,  ath10k_core_unregister to free resources allocated for the structure pointer,ar.
> Signed-off-by: Nicholas Krause <xerofoify at gmail.com>
> ---
>  drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/core.c | 4 +---
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 3 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/core.c b/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/core.c
> index 310e12b..8b2ca25 100644
> --- a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/core.c
> +++ b/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/core.c
> @@ -1307,9 +1307,7 @@ err_unregister_mac:
>  err_release_fw:
>         ath10k_core_free_firmware_files(ar);
>  err:
> -       /* TODO: It's probably a good idea to release device from the driver
> -        * but calling device_release_driver() here will cause a deadlock.
> -        */
> +       ath10k_core_unregister(ar);
>         return;
>  }

Did you test this? This will deadlock. ath10k_core_unregister() tries
to cancel ar->register_work. This won't work if you call it from the
worker itself. Moreover if I ignore the deadlock
ath10k_core_unregister() would do nothing else in this context because
ATH10K_FLAG_CORE_REGISTERED wouldn't be even set.

If you're interested in dealing with this TODO I suggest you read
through the original thread which led to the current state of affairs:



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